April 15, 2007
ARLINGTON, Texas - Ben Burum delivered the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning that capped off an Arlington High School reunion Sunday afternoon as UT Arlington salvaged the third game of the three-game series with a 4-3 victory over McNeese State.
Burum stepped to the plate in the eighth with one out and took the first pitch he saw from MSU reliever Ryan Frantz and deposited it over the 330-foot sign in right field. For Burum, it was his team-leading sixth home run of the season and the fourth straight Southland Conference series in which he has homered. It was also the third first-pitch home run of the season.
Fellow AHS alum Eamonn Donovan made his first collegiate start and was effectively wild as he struck out eight Cowboys hitters over four innings. Fellow Colt Andy Sauter (1-2) allowed two hits and struck out two in two innings of relief to earn his first career victory.
PJ Burns (1) took the mound in the ninth inning to preserve the Mavs first save of the season, but it wasn't easy. After giving up an infield single to start the inning, the next batter reached on a fielder's choice and the second out was recorded on a popup. After a stolen base with two outs, Joe Hulett flared a ball into shallow right field that looked like it would fall in and tie the game. Right fielder David Newby had other plans as he made a sliding catch in which the ball hit off his glove, bounced on his chest and ended up in his bare hand to end the game.
The Cowboys (13-24, 9-5 SLC) got on the board in the first inning as David Leatherwood started the game with a single up the middle and scored on Hulett's double into the gap in right center.
UTA (11-26, 2-13 SLC) got the equalizer in the third inning as Collin Garner delivered a no-doubt shot to right field for his first career home run.
The Mavs took their first lead of the game in the third inning as Burum drew a one-out walk and went to second on Kyle Rudy's single to left center. After a groundout advanced both runners, Leo Radkowski drove in a pair of runs with a double off the glove of a sliding right fielder.
MSU battled back in the sixth as a pair of base hits put runners on the corners before Thomas Zabasky delivered a two-run double off the top of the wall in left field.
Garner and Rudy each collected two hits and Radkowski drove in a pair of runs. Four Cowboys collected two hits, including Hulett, who extended his hitting-streak to 22 games.
The Mavs return to action on April 17 as they travel to take on Baylor. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark.
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